from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long flat slab of sawed lumber; a plank.
  • noun A flat piece of rigid material designed to display information, especially.
  • noun A blackboard.
  • noun A bulletin board.
  • noun A scoreboard.
  • noun A toteboard.
  • noun A flat piece of material designed or equipped to be ridden as a sport, especially a snowboard, skateboard, or surfboard.
  • noun A diving board.
  • noun A backboard.
  • noun A flat, rigid piece of material on which a game is played, such as a checkerboard or chessboard.
  • noun A table at which official meetings are held; a council table.
  • noun An organized body of administrators or investigators.
  • noun A table, especially one set for serving food.
  • noun Food or meals considered as a whole.
  • noun Sports The wooden structure enclosing an area for skating, such as the ice on which hockey is played, or enclosing a playing area, as for indoor soccer.
  • noun A theater stage.
  • noun Basketball A rebound.
  • noun An electrical-equipment panel.
  • noun Computers A circuit board.
  • noun The side of a ship.
  • noun A leeboard.
  • noun A centerboard.
  • noun Obsolete A border or edge.
  • intransitive verb To cover or close with boards.
  • intransitive verb To furnish with meals in return for pay.
  • intransitive verb To house where board is furnished.
  • intransitive verb To enter or go aboard (a vehicle or ship).
  • intransitive verb To allow (passengers) on board.
  • intransitive verb Nautical To come alongside (a ship).
  • intransitive verb Sports To force (an opposing hockey player) into the boards with a body check.
  • intransitive verb Obsolete To approach.
  • intransitive verb To receive meals or food and lodging as a paying customer.
  • intransitive verb Sports To use a snowboard, skateboard, surfboard, or similar item.
  • idiom (across the board) So as to affect or include all people, classes, or categories.
  • idiom (on board) Aboard.
  • idiom (on board) Ready to participate or be included; amenable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In an Australian wool-shed, the floor on which the sheep are sheared; hence, the shearers there.
  • To cover with boards; inclose or close up with boards; lay or spread with boards: often with up, in, or over.
  • In leather manufacturing, to rub (leather) with a pommel or graining-board, in order to give it a granular appearance, and make it supple.
  • To place at board: as, he boarded his son with Mrs. So-and-so.
  • To furnish with food, or food and lodging, for a compensation: as, his landlady boards him at a reasonable price.
  • To come up alongside of (in order to attack); fall aboard of.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English bord, from Old English.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English bord, Old English bord, from Proto-Germanic *burdan.


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